NORTHERN/ SOUTHERN UTAH (ABC4 News) – The largest canyon storm in two years is expected to hit Utah Thursday.
A large and potent winter storm brought in stronger southerly winds allowing temperatures to warm and moderate to heavy rain to fall for the valleys with very heavy mountain snow for the mountains.
Winter storm watches went into effect for all northern mountain areas including the western Uintas through Friday with the potential of 1 to 2 feet to fall with locally higher amounts.
A cold front will move in late Thursday into Friday morning in northern Utah leading to any valley rain to transition to all snowmaking for another slushy and slick morning commute on Friday.
Expected snow amounts for the Wasatch Front look to be in the 1 to 3-inch range with higher amounts on the benches and in the mountain valleys.
Cedar City is one of the areas in southern Utah expected to receive snow. ABC4’s Greg Neft spoke with some people in Iron County who decided to get off the freeway in anticipation of the storm. Cedar City Public Works crews are also preparing for the weather.
Be prepared for winter driving conditions, especially those heading into the mountains over the coming days as roads could be close to impassable.
UDOT has had their plows out pretreating roadways in the canyon areas since Thursday morning, but once the snow starts falling, their plows will have a tough time keeping up.
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Slow-moving vehicles captured on Interstate 80 in Summit County Thursday afternoon.
“Sometimes we can see snowfall two-three inches per hour. That’s a lot of snowfall coming down on the road. A plow can keep up with about an inch an hour. But, when it gets into those kinds of conditions, we’re in for the long haul,” Jake Brown, UDOT, told ABC4 News.
UDOT wants to remind drivers to slow down and take extra precautions out on the roads and give their plows plenty of space.
Remember to always have a 72-hour emergency kit with you in your car. Get the most up to the minute Pinpoint Forecast on air and online on abc4.com/weather.